Smooth Fox Terrier

People who think I got my name from hunting foxes would be correct; I like to think it’s because I’m sly as a fox. I’m a feisty little dog with energy to burn and a mind of my own. And I’m a typical terrier who loves to bark, dig, and chew. I’m affectionate and enjoy rowdy play with kids, though I may be confrontational with other dogs. Being alone can make me bored, frustrated, and destructive.

I need a lot of daily exercise to keep from going bonkers in the house. Plan on a brisk walk or lively game. An enclosed space to let loose and run is ideal, though take care I don’t dig myself an escape route! Obedience and agility courses and even learning tricks will keep my bright mind engaged and limit mischief. Easy to train, I’m a good fit for new dog owners.

Trim, elegant, and built for the chase, I stand about 15 inches tall and weigh 15 to 19 pounds. My hard, shorthaired coat is white with markings in black, tan, or both colors. Brindle, red, or liver markings may also be present. Although I shed more than my wire-coated cousins, I don’t shed much, but a weekly swipe of a firm bristle brush should take care of loose hair. Regular baths aren’t mandatory.

Give me a healthy diet and regular checkups, and I’ll be snooping around the house for 10 to 13 years. Health issues to watch for are shoulder luxation, Legg-Perthes joint degeneration, eye problems, and occasional deafness and kneecap luxation.